Londonderry Man Found Guilty in Shooting of Wife

A federal jury found Gregory Owens of Londonderry guilty of crossing state lines to shoot his wife in Maine.

The jury convicted Owens, 59, of interstate domestic violence and discharge of a firearm during and in relation to crime of violence charges related to a home invasion in Saco, Maine on Dec. 18, 2014.

According to court documents, Owens shot his wife, Rachel, and the homeowner with a 9mm pistol.

Owens staged the home invasion shortly after a Wisconsin woman with whom he was having an affair threatened to publicly reveal their relationship unless he ended his marriage.

Rachel Owens, who was shot in the back of the head three times while she was sleeping, and homeowner Steven Chabot survived, but each had to undergo surgeries and extensive care.

Chabot’s wife hid during the home invasion and was not injured.

Owens testified he was not guilty of the charges.

Rachel Owens and Steven and Carol Chabot testified during the trial, as did Betsy Wandtke, the woman with whom Owens was having an affair.

The prosecution presented DNA evidence from a broken window at the rear garage door at the Chabots’ 25 Hillview Ave., home that matched DNA evidence police collected from Owens, as well as footprints lifted outside the Chabot home that matched boots police found in Owens’ vehicle.

Owens faces up to 20 years in prison and/or a fine up to $250,000 for the Interstate Domestic Violence charge and up to life in prison and a $250,000 fine for the firearm charge, a Class A felony.

A Pre-sentence Conference has been set for May 20 before Judge Nancy Torresen of the U.S. District Court in Maine. Owens is to be sentenced on June 14 in Portland, Maine.

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